Genre: FairyTale-Retellings

Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Posted December 17, 2015 in review / 8 Comments

Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund HodgeCruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Published by Harper Collins on January 28th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, FairyTale-Retellings, Romance
Format: E-book
Pages: 368
Source: Kindle (Amazon)
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The romance of Beauty and the Beast meets the adventure of Graceling in a dazzling fantasy novel about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
For fans of bestselling An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses, this gorgeously written debut infuses the classic fairy tale with glittering magic, a feisty heroine, and a romance sure to take your breath away.
Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known that her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny. But on her seventeenth birthday when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom's mountaintop, nothing is what she expected—particularly her charming and beguiling new husband. Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can't resist the pull of her sworn enemy—who's gotten in her way by stealing her heart.

Before I read Cruel Beauty, a long time ago, I have actually read Crimson Bound and I was pretty much impressed by the world-building and also the way the story was told, in which each and everything felt intricate. So, I was kinda looking forward to that aspect in Cruel Beauty, and I was not disappointed. Written in first-person view, this book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, WHICH IS ACTUALLY MY FAVORITE FAIRY TALE. Excited was probably an understatement, while I was reading this book.

I definitely love the romance in this book, which started out complicated as there were two different “guys” (technically, both aren’t human.) This is probably the part where everyone would go Oh no, love triangle alert! but for some reason, this book made the love triangle FIT into the story line. I mean, there were times Nyx, the main character, did fell for both guys, which could get annoying, but most of the time, you could see her feeling guilty for her actions. So, justified? Maybe.

Nyx was a unique main character, to me. Most authors would portray their MC as the perfect one, but not Rosamund Hodge. Her character was the one with malice in her heart. That’s right. Nyx was definitely not perfect. There were times when I actually thought she had descended into the darkness. I love that she had this evil side to her, which of course, matched the Gentle Lord’s evil side, HEHE. I mean, I was rooting for Ignifex practically throughout the whole book.

I got a little bit confused in the middle of this book, because everything started happening at a really fast pace, and I felt like I was being swept up by the whirlwind. Then when everything had settled down, it all seemed DAAAAMN different. I had to reread parts of it to understand WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED. But the ending kinda made up for it, in my opinion. It was seriously beautiful, and unexpected. And certain characters changed for the worst, which got me a taaaad shocked HAHA.

Cruel Beauty is unique, though. Because it’s not like Beauty and the Beast, in which the Beast had a good reason for being, well, evil. Ignifex didn’t. I kept expecting for someone, something to justify his evil deeds, but in the end, I did fell for that purely evil beast. So, if you’re looking for some Beast with a pure, good heart being wrongly cursed? This book isn’t for you. BUT if you love being dark and twisty all over, READ THIS.

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Review: Ash and Bramble by Sarah Prineas

Review: Ash and Bramble by Sarah Prineas
Posted August 3, 2015 in review / 0 Comments

This retelling BLEW. MY. MIND. Because firstly, the fairy godmother is FINALLY the evil one (sorry, I never liked her, I’ve always found godmothers to be quite shady). Secondly, YO this Cinderella is quite kickass. And thirdly, there’s a lot of different heroes in this book, not necessarily the main characters. This book shows you where all those beautiful gowns and glass slippers come from. They don’t magically appear. People actually MAKE them. And then there’s Pin, the beautiful, amazing main character, also known as the Cinderella in this story. There’s quite of a plot twist in this book actually which will […]

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Review: Serenade (A Mermaid’s Tale) by Mari Bianca

Review: Serenade (A Mermaid’s Tale) by Mari Bianca
Posted June 19, 2015 in review / 2 Comments

If you loved The Little Mermaid, you would totally love this book. As it was stated, this book was a retelling of The Little Mermaid, and it really is. I have to say, the book is quite similar to the fairytale, but what I really loved was how the story actually progressed. You will see the main character, Sirenia, grow throughout the whole book, from being a selfish (okay, not really) brat, to doing whatever it takes to save her people. This story has two sides to it, I believe. On one hand, it showed that true love will overcome […]

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Posted June 5, 2015 in review / 4 Comments

I don’t know if this review will even do this book justice, but I have to try. I have to admit that I got REALLY scared about reading this book because it’s by Sarah J. Maas. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE her and her books. Throne of Glass is my most favorite series, and I totally wish I could gush to her about my love for Chaol one day, some day. But I got scared because I wanted ACOTAR to live up to my expectations. I wanted it to be as good as Throne of Glass, such that it […]

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Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Posted May 18, 2015 in review / 2 Comments

There was so much hype about this book, that I actually thought it was a companion novel to Cruel Beauty. But then, I realised that it was a standalone, so for those who have never read Cruel Beauty before, NEVER FEAR because you don’t have to. Although, I would encourage you to read Cruel Beauty, because after reading this book, I am utterly amazed by the author. I would gladly grab up any book that she wrote HAHA. I am always and have always been fascinated by authors who can create such an amazing and complicated background setting for the […]